Healthcare workers at Coney Island Hospital were treated today to 500 meals from Nick’s Lobster House.
The record-breaking donation, the largest the hospital has received during the virus, was made by local attorney and community advocate Priscilla Consolo. Consolo was treated by the staff in the emergency department in February, before the COVID-19 crisis had fully hit New York City. Council Member Mark Treyger and Ari Kagan worked with Consolo to organize the delivery of the food from Nick’s Lobster House, which has served the community since 1955.
The manager and chef of the restaurant, Dimitrios Karousis, said that they “have delivered thousands of meals each day to local hospitals, firehouses, and police precincts. Some of these meals have been donated by the restaurant, whereas others, like this one, have been provided by private donors. With everything they’ve been doing for this city, our frontline workers deserve a good meal.”
One of Consolo’s doctors was Dr. Mark Kindschuh, who was present today for the meal delivery, giving her the chance to thank him again, in person, for saving her life. Consolo had been hearing the reports about Coney Island’s hospital being overwhelmed with the crisis. Her online fundraiser raised over $4,000.
Council Member Treyger commended the hospital for their courage. “I am proud that my office was able to help coordinate this amazing showing of appreciation for our heroic medical professionals,” he said. “The healthcare workers at Coney Island Hospital have risked their own lives to save many others during this unprecedented public health crisis.”